O'Neill refuses to concede defeat

10 November 2017 04:16:09 EST

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill insists all is not lost despite Thursday's 1-0 loss to Switzerland at Windsor Park.

Ricardo Rodriguez scored the only goal from the penalty spot after referee Ovidiu Hategan had ruled that Corry Evans had handled the ball in the first leg of the World Cup play-off.

The decision infuriated O'Neill as the ball had appeared to hit Evans on the back as he turned away from Xherdan Shaqiri's shot.

"It's staggering really to think that the referee can award a penalty in that situation. He's five or six yards from the incident, it's in his line of sight," said the Northern Ireland boss.

"The ball hits Corry more at the back of his shoulder than his arm. It's incredible. No one claimed for it. It's bewildering in this day and age.

"But we have to process it, we have to forget about it.

"The players reacted well. I thought we played much better in the second half. We had a few claims ourselves that we'll look back at."

Evans is suspended for Sunday's second leg in Basel which Northern Ireland are 40/1 to win 2-0, while they are 4/1 to keep a clean sheet in the match.

Meanwhile, Shaqiri is 21/10 to score at any time in the second leg.

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